A Word About Mixed Martial Arts Blogs' Role

I have received several emails and various other forms of nudges from readers and fans that I or someone else at BloodyElbow.com should put forth the formal complaint to Florida's athletic commission to get EliteXC investigated. Since no one else seems interested, there is now a growing onus on members of the blogosphere to push the action, so to speak. Personally, I'd like time to think it over before taking any action.

What I can say for sure, though, is that the notion we in the blogosphere or online media are out of control, acting unethically or without measured demeanor in a rush to lynch mob EliteXC is largely absurd. In fairness, I have read some commentary that should give anyone reasonable chills or revulsion. Some of the attacks on Slice I've found to be enormously distasteful and even distressing. They have no place now or ever.

What does have place is the right to demand information and ask pointed, difficult questions - about EliteXC, about Slice and his bubble, about Petruzelli's comments and about ProElite's health. Officials associated with EliteXC are free to do as they like and treat this situation as they see fit. And we have a responsibility until further information is revealed to not accuse anyone specifically of any wrongdoing. But the universe between that and asking questions about this matter is enormous. However uncomfortable this may make Jeremy Lappen or Jared Shaw is irrelevant; we have a right at all times to ask what is happening, why and what's going to be done about it. Conversely, everyone involved with Saturday's EliteXC show is allowed to either provide the information or not. They are free to deny, dismiss or investigate Petruzelli's comments if they wish.

But do not let anyone tell you we are out of bounds or hysterical for raising this issue. Even if Petruzelli misspoke, it's a major, major, major gaffe. The truth is his two stories are radically different in terms of their ethical implications and character. To first suggest he was nudged by officials at EliteXC to stand which caused him to abandon his gameplan of shooting in to something admittedly innocuous requires complete and total explanation. It's up to you readers to decide if EliteXC has answered those questions satisfactorily, but do not let anyone tell you demanding the information in the first place is something only tin foil hat donning banshees require.

It's not. What it is is plenty ethical, plenty reasonable and worthy of real concern. There is no room to convict anyone with the current information, but there is plenty of room to force an answer that makes sense. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Ever.

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